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Masterful Color by Arlene Steinberg

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FOUR-O-CLOCK Colored pencil on Stonehenge paper . 47/8” × 6″ (12cm × 15cm) Collection of Cynthia Haase

 

CHAPTER 5

RICHER WHITES, GRAYS AND BLACKS

HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU LOOKED AT A DRAWING THAT DEPICTED WHITE FABRIC, OR A WHITE vase and felt it was missing something? I used to have the same problem, but have since discovered two solutions. The first is to always make the shadows in my white areas darker than I think they should be. By going darker with a wider range of values, I’m able to suggest more depth in my white objects. The second is not to use gray pencils to make gray shadows. I found I could achieve more lively grays by mixing ...

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